Ropes & Gray Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
60 Reviews
3.1
60 Reviews
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Ropes & Gray Chairman R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I genuinely enjoyed working with those folks (in 3 reviews)

  • Good people, great culture and wonderful work (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no regard for work-life balance or professional development opportunities for staff - that department was eliminated (in 3 reviews)

  • It's a 'law firm', not a 'people firm', so the staff doesn't matter as much as the attorneys (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Solid place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ropes & Gray

    Pros

    Great manager, competitive pay, company making sincere efforts to improve staff life

    Cons

    Division between staff and lawyers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Better work-life balance than most big law firms. Most partners are very willing to put on the "teacher hat" and take the time to explain things to associates.

    Cons

    Your future depends on which partner(s) you end up working the most for. If you end up spending most of your time with a partner that isn't as well regarded at the firm, you will end up getting dinged.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Inconsistent Management and Project Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office is in the Prudential, so if your commute gets you there easily then it's a nice location to work in. The benefits are decent, there is free coffee and a cafe on the 49th floor.

    Cons

    IT management lacking, business stakeholders (lawyers) not always engaged in projects and improvements, IT projects involve constant change and projects are not always completed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Desktop Support (Intern)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support () in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support () in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great group of guys that get along really well and are helpful.

    Cons

    Taking time off was hard because the group was responsible for so many workers in the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more people in the desktop support group in order meet the needs of all the firm employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great (for BigLaw)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good, though standard for BigLaw.
    Benefits are solid.
    Colleagues are generally brilliant and hard-working.
    Great opportunity for substantive work early to gain experience.
    Tons of training available at any time.

    Cons

    Bonuses are generally lockstep, and the additional bonus for vastly exceeding minimum hours is not much.
    No 401K matching.
    Colleagues are very intense and demanding, partnership on down. While there are always differences between individuals, there is a general expectation that you will absolutely do whatever it takes to get a request done.
    Way, way too much work. This is standard across BigLaw, but it really could be alleviated by trusting staffing professionals more and by hiring more people to spread the work across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more insight as to the direction of the firm and how decisions are being made. Create more disincentives for senior people to be unreasonably demanding (e.g. upward reviews).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, but Ropes & Chains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work

    Cons

    Hours can be very bad and demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the work out so people don't burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Treat all as equals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous time off- 35 hour work week, pension which is now unheard of.

    Cons

    Behind the times in technology and with self service options. Things are much slower pace when it comes to getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that staff is there to support lawyers and don't segregate so much. You feel under valued as a human being.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Improvement Needed in Employees' Ability to Track Quality

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Legal Secretary in New York, NY

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff for the most part. Promotion from within is rarely if ever overlooked. Cross-office opportunities are made known to everyone.

    Cons

    Keeping track of one's own progress was continuously a challenge. This is where I felt the ball is dropped - maybe because of management's insistence on keeping a seamless flow of work (quality and quantity-wise flow of work).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I felt they should be more pro-active in supporting the suggestions made by the support staff (suggestions that related to the support staff being able to keep track of their progress).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Minor Compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and staff.
    Great location.
    Great lawyers.

    Cons

    They didn't give raises or bonuses for almost 3 years while increasing the workload and expecting the staff to accept the excuse that it was the "economy." But still giving large raises and bonuses to lawyers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inflation doesn't stop so why do raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    One of the better places to work in big law

    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not as sweatshop-like as other firms; People seem to care/respect your personal life more than at other places. Senior associates have your back for the most part and don't throw you under the bus with partners.

    Cons

    The usual biglaw problems--long hours, hierarchical management, etc.

    Recommends

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